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January February 2016 BusinessLink

January February BusinessLink

January/February 2016

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See inside for a look back at 2015


The mission of the Lufkin/Angelina Letter from Outgoing
County Chamber of Commerce is to Chairman Aimee Slusher
continuously improve the economic
prosperity, the business environ- I t has been an honor to serve as Chairman of the
ment and the quality of life in Angelina County. Board for the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of
Commerce for the past year. I have enjoyed working
Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce with community leaders and volunteers to continue our
1615 S. Chestnut, Lufkin, Texas USA 75901 tradition of a strong business community and fostering the
phone (936) 634-6644 fax (936) 634-8726 “can-do” spirit that makes Lufkin and Angelina County a
wonderful place to live and work.
2016 executive board Joe Rich
Bancorp South During the process of recruiting and hiring our new
Gene Lee President/CEO, Jim Johnson, we have had the opportunity
Board Chairman Terry Morgan to look at some new ideas of how the different organiza-
Lee TranServices, Inc. Morgan Insurance tions in our community can work together to continue to
foster growth and development of Lufkin and Angelina
Codie Jenkins Kelli Wayland County. I am so excited to have Jim on board, and am look-
Board Chairman- Elect GE Oil & Gas ing forward to great things to come.
First Bank & Trust East
Texas David Flowers One final word about our Chamber Staff - thank you so much for all of the hard work you do
Huntington ISD “behind the scenes.” You are an amazing group of people, and we owe you a debt of gratitude for
Aimee Slusher you efforts.
Immediate Past Chairman Neice Bell
Skelton Slusher Barnhill The Lufkin Daily News I appreciate the opportunity to serve as the Chamber Chairman, and I am looking forward to
Watkins Wells, PLLC working with Gene Lee, our incoming Chairman to continue the great work of the Chamber in this
great place we call home.
Martha Quintanilla John Alston
Secretary Brookshire Brothers Letter from Incoming
La Unica Tortilleria Chairman Gene Lee
Jim Cumbie
Brian Cyr Georgia-Pacific I t is truly an honor to be entrusted to serve as Cham-
Treasurer ber Board Chairman for 2016. It’s been said that ev-
Commercial Bank 2016 appointed ery city has a personality - either one you work for or
board members one that you get by default. I’m happy to be part of a city
Chris Johnson that works diligently to ensure that we project the person-
Vice Chairman Starla Bickerstaff ality of a warm, caring and inviting place to live, work and
Whataburger KTRE play. A city where businesses thrive, people work together
toward common goals and there is an intentional focus on
Chad Roberts Kyle Swift our young people who truly represent our hope for the fu-
Vice Chairman Woodland Heights ture. Our Chamber staff, volunteers from our membership
City Wide Directories LLC and our City and County Government form an awesome
Chris Fleniken team that is laser focused on supporting our existing busi-
Jeff Todd Real Graphics nesses and the addition and growth of new ones. Whether
Vice Chairman you’re passing though, considering a new place to call
Advanced Financial chamber staff home or interested in a business environment second to none, we welcome you to a community
Services Jim Johnson, IOM that’s looking for someone just like you.
President & CEO
2016 elected January|February 2016 BusinessLINK
board members Charlene Black
Information Specialist
Trent Ashby
Citizens National Bank

Mark Dunn Susie Cardwell
Dunn Construction Community Development
Manager
Dr. LaTonya Goffney
Lufkin ISD Tori Charanza
Marketing Coordinator
Stephen King
Consolidated Tori Jones
Communication Membership Coordinator

Shawn Barnett Jill Roberson
CHI St. Luke’s Health Business Manager
Memorial
Melissa Wheeler, IOM
Scott Neill Programs & Operations
Regions Bank Manager

G. William Newton businesslink staff
Angelina Plastic Surgery
Mollie Wood
Victor Patel Layout Design
Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn
Express, Comfort Suites

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in partnership
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contents Lufkin Coca-Cola Bottling Co.

4 Volunteer Spotlight Proudly Supports
5 Thank You to Our Sponsors! the Chamber
6 Calendar & Event Spotlight
7 Angelina Beautiful/Clean Seedling Giveaway Serving Angelina, Polk & Trinity Counties
8 Angelina Arts Alliance Upcoming Events Since 1905
9 Greetings from the Expo!
10 LCVB Upcoming Events 704 Webber • Lufkin • 936-639-2355
11 Science & Tech Fair Information
12 New and Renewing Members staffing group
12 Member Anniversaries
13 Chamber Banquet Information “We Place You First”
14 Ribbon Cuttings CLERICAL
15 Lufkin/Angelina County Day in Austin
16 Year in Review INDUSTRIAL
30 On the Scene TECHNICAL
33 County Fair Information FLEXIBLE STAFFING
35 Dueling Piano Event Information
38 Economic Updates 3810 S. Medford Dr.
39 Economic Indicators Lufkin

BusinessLINK January|February 2016 818 University Dr. Suite 101
Nacogdoches

936-632-2223
936-559-7777

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Volunteer Spotlight Scott Skelton, center, has has been volunteering for 30 plus years.

Scott Scott Skelton Commerce, LISD School Board Member,
Skelton United Way Board Member and Division
“I remember something that my dad Chair, Angelina County Appraisal Dis-
S cott Skelton has resided in Lufkin taught me: ‘You won’t remember a year trict Board Members, and mentor in the
since 1992. Although he grew up from today whether you work a certain HOSTS program at Brandon Elementary.
in Denison, he considers himself day, but you will remember whether He recently stepped down as the First
“from Lufkin.” After graduating from you made a difference that day.’” Friday Chairman for the Lufkin/Ange-
Baylor Law School in 1992, Scott moved to lina County Chamber of Commerce after
Lufkin after accepting a job with The Ze- Scott Skelton 4 years of service.
leskey Law Firm. He is currently a part-
ner at the Law firm of Skelton | Slusher teers-- you can give someone extra life.” Scott’s advice for volunteers is to “set
| Barnhill | Watkins | Wells PLLC where Throughout his time in Lufkin, Scott your priorities and get involved in some-
they serve as a regional law firm for East thing. Everyone leads a busy life, but
Texas. has volunteered for many different organi- some of the busiest people volunteer the
zations. He currently serves as the Chair- most. They just make time. If you wait
Scott has been volunteering for 30 plus man of the Legislative Committee for the until you have time, you will never get
years. He cannot remember a time since Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of involved in anything. I remember some-
college that he wasn’t volunteering for thing that my dad taught me: ‘You won’t
something. In his mind, not volunteer- remember a year from today whether you
ing isn’t an option. According to Scott, “if work a certain day, but you will remem-
you want to live in a community with your ber whether you made a difference that
friends and neighbors, then it is up to you day.’”
to try to help make a difference now and
for the future.” When Scott isn’t volunteering he’s an
avid adventurer and dirt bike motorcycle
Scott feels that volunteering allows you rider. He loves anything outdoors, and
to learn about all of the good things in your traveling with his family. Scott has been
community as well as the things that need married to Sheila Todd Skelton for al-
improvement. With this new perspective, most 27 years. They began dating when
you become a part of the vision of what they were 14, and they have been sweet-
a community can be in the future. One of hearts for 35 years. They have two daugh-
Scott’s favorite things about volunteering ters: Lauren, who is a junior at Abilene
is the relationships it creates. “Volunteer- Christian University, and Allison, who is
ing comes down to relationships-- relation- a sophomore at Lufkin High School.
ships with your community and the people
in it. It is about doing things that aren’t January|February 2016 BusinessLINK
about you, but rather about others or the
whole community. Ultimately, volunteer-
ing is a great way to learn and remember
that the world is not all about self.”

It is one selfless act that made the biggest
impact on Scott’s life. When Scott needed
a kidney transplant, someone volunteered
to give him a kidney. This was one of the
best things to happen to him, and he en-
courages everyone to volunteer as an or-
gan donor. Scott says “Donate Life. In the
end, you can be one of the biggest volun-

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Thank you to our 2015 sponsors! Your Hiring Source

A Caring Touch Home Health Services East Texas Asphalt Co. Morris Air Conditioning & Heating Test Drive
A-1 Party Rentals of Lufkin, Inc. East Texas Family Medicine Morrison Supply Our People
Abeldt’s Gaslight Pharmacy East Texas Urology Specialists MTC Diboll Correctional Center for YOur
Affinity Hospice Edward Jones Investments - Vince OLIVER & COMPANY SALON
Agape Home Care Services Treadwell Oncor Business
Al Meyer Ford Ellen Temple Opes One Advisors Let uS Handle
Alderman & Cain PLLC Etech Orange Leaf
Alene’s Florist Family Crisis Center Pax-Sun Recruiting
Alexander & Spencer, P.C. Farmer’s Insurance - Garrett Massie Pepsi Bottling Group and Screening
Alexander, Lankford & Hiers Fenley & Bate, L.L.P Physicians of East Texas (POET)
Allen Loggins & Sons Ferguson PineCrest Retirement Community for YOu
American Enerpower First Bank & Trust Planet Fitness
Angelina Arts Alliance Forestar Real Estate Group Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen We can provide
Angelina Beautiful/Clean Friends of Ellen Trout Zoo Quality Care Services you with qualified
Angelina College Gann Medford Real Estate, Inc. Real Graphics
Angelina Hardwood Sales Company Genco Federal Credit Union Regions Bank employees for
Angelina Plastic Surgery Georgia Pacific Restoration Wine Bar your permanent
Angelina Radiation Oncology Associates Gipson Funeral Home Sam’s Club or temporary
Angelina Rotary Club Goff & Herrington, P.C. Security & Guaranty Abstract staffing needs.
Ashley Furniture Homestore Goodwill Central East Texas Security Shredding Call us today
Audiological Services Goodwin-Lasiter-Strong Selena Mitchell Farmers Insurance to see how we
Austin Bank Grandough Baking Co Servpro of Lufkin/South Nacogdoches can help your
Axley & Rode CPA’s Haglund Law Firm, P.C. County
BancorpSouth Haney Trucking Inc. Simon Louise & Henderson Foundation business.
Bartlett Baggett & Shands Insurance Heart to Heart Hospice Skelton Slusher Barnhill Watkins & Wells
Agency HEB Grocery Store Smith & Koenig Radio AdvAnce’d TemporAries, inc.
BC Plumbing Hole in One Cafe Southern Reliant Electric, Inc.
Beard Fine Jewelers Holiday Travel Agency Southland Federal Credit Union 1411 Turtle Creek, Ste. A • Lufkin
Best Western Crown Colony Plus Hospice in the Pines, Inc. Southland Rehabilitation and Healthcare (936) 632-8204
Big Thicket Brewery, LLC Huntington State Bank Southwest Securities
Blue Diamond Pools and Spas IHOP Southwood Drive Animal Clinic Medical • Clerical • Industrial
Brookshire Brothers Jeff Havard Insurance Spherion
Buckeye Construction Joe W. Elliott House St.Cyprian’s Episcopal School For All Your
Buddy & Ellen Temple Jordan Family Dentistry Strickland Plumbing Pharmacy Needs
Buffalo Wild Wings Junior Achievement Studio 319
Carpets By Curiosity K and B Moonwalk Taco Casa Mon-Fri 8am-6:30pm
Carroway Funeral Home Ken Smith & Associates PC Temple-Inland Federal Credit Union Sat 9am-1pm
Carter Blood Care KSWP/KAVX Radio Texas Metal Casting Co., Inc.
Cartwright Real Estate KTRE TV 9 Texas State Bank 639-2346
Casa Ole Restaurant Kwik Kopy Texas Timberjack
Cascade Health Services Larkspur The Advanced Financial Group Refill Line 634-7746
CCM Electric Law Office of Jeremy Crew The Center For Sight abeldtspharmacy.com
Century 21 Bryan Realty, Inc. Lee TranServices, Inc. The Heart Institute of East Texas
Cherokee Industrial Fab., Ltd. Lil Bitz of Joy Daycare & Preschool The Journey Magazine Locally owned
CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Linda Oliver The Junior League of Lufkin since 1979
Chick-Fil-A Little Caesar’s Pizza The Lufkin Daily News
Citizens National Bank Lockheed-Martin The Main Event - The Premier Party 200 Gaslight Blvd
City of Lufkin Loggins Plumbing Rental Company Lufkin, Texas
City of Lufkin KLTX Channel 15 Loving Toyota-Scion The Pines Theatre
City Wide Directories LLC Lufkin Coca-Cola Townsquare Media lufkintexas.org 5
Coburn’s Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau Trent Ashby for State Representatives
Commercial Bank of Texas N.A. Lufkin Daily News Tutor Doctor of Nacogdoches
Commercial Metals Company Lufkin Economic Development United Country Land & Timber
Community Title Corporation USA Landscape Services
Computer Learning Center - ET Lufkin First Assembly Walmart
Consolidated Communications Lufkin Independent School District Wes Suiter
Contractor’s Supplies Lufkin Rubber & Gasket Whataburger
Cook Tire & Service Center Lufkin/Angelina County Economic Which Wich? Lufkin
Courtyard by Marriott (Lufkin) Development William George Company, Inc.
Crave Salon Marco’s Pizza Winco Trucking, LLC
Crave Salon & Boutique Mattress Firm Woodland Heights Medical Center
Crown Colony Country Club Mercer Nissan XETX Business Solutions (Xerographix
Crown Forest Apartments Merrill Lynch East Texas)
Davis Insurance Mike Love & Associates Zimmerman Communications
Double S Industrial Contractors, Inc. Moore Brothers Construction Company
Downtown Cafe Moore Building Associates
Dr. Amy Ross, DDS Morgan Insurance Agency

BusinessLINK January|February 2016


Calendar Business AFter Five Power Networking Breakfast
& Event
Spotlights

January 8th First Friday Luncheon Young Professionals Network

First Friday Luncheon — State of the City Luncheon Business After Five
12 p.m. at Crown Colony Country Club; Presentation Wed., Jan. 20th, 5:30-7 p.m. hosted by CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial at the Vein and Leg Pain Clinic
by: Bob Brown, City of Lufkin Mayor Thurs., Feb. 4th, 5:30-7 p.m. hosted by Ashley Furniture Homestore
Tues., Feb. 9th, 5:30-7:00 p.m. hosted by Hinckley Orthodontics
January 14th Thurs., Feb. 11th, 5:30-7 p.m. hosted by CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial in the main lobby.
Thurs., Feb. 25th, 5:30-7 p.m. hosted by Sleep Inn/ Main Stay Suites
Young Professionals Network Social/ Happy Hour
5:30 p.m. Location TBA Power Networking Breakfast
Fri., Jan. 22nd, 8-9 a.m. presented by Southland Federal Credit Union, January Sponsor Holiday Travel
January 20th Agency, Presentation by: Holiday Travel Agency, Chamber of Commerce Community Room
Fri., Feb. 26th, 8-9 a.m. presented by Southland Federal Credit Union, February Sponsor Harbor
Business After Five Hospice, Presentation by: Harbor Hospice, Chamber of Commerce Community Room
5:30 p.m. Hosted by CHI St. Luke Health Memorial at
Vein and Leg Pain Clinic First Friday Luncheon
Fri., Jan. 8th, 12 p.m. State of the City Luncheon at Crown Colony Country Club
January 22nd Presentation by: Mayor Bob Brown, City of Lufkin
First Friday presented by Lufkin Coca-Cola
Power Networking Breakfast Gold Sponsors: Gipson Funeral Home, Lufkin Economic Development Corporation
8 a.m. in the Chamber of Commerce Community Silver Sponsors: Hospice in the Pines, Inc., Lee TranServices, Inc.
Room; Presentation by Holiday Travel Agency
Fri., Feb. 5th, 12 p.m. State of the County Luncheon at Crown Colony Country Club
January 28th State of the County Luncheon presented by Woodland Heights Medical Center
First Friday Sponsored by Lufkin Coca-Cola
96th Annual Chamber Banquet Gold Sponsor: East Texas Asphalt Co.
Reception at 6:30 p.m. & Dinner at 7:30 p.m. at the
Pitser Garrison Convention Center Young Professionals Network
Thurs., Jan. 14th, 5:30 p.m., Social/ Happy Hour Location TBA
February 4th Thurs., Feb. 11th, 12 p.m., Lunch & Learn in the Chamber of Commerce Community Room

Business After Five February 18th February 26th
5:30 p.m. Hosted by Ashley Furniture Homestore
Lufkin Angelina County Day in Austin Power Networking Breakfast
February 5th 8 a.m. in the Chamber of Commerce Community
February 25th Room; Presentation by: Harbor Hospice
First Friday — State of the County Luncheon
12 p.m. at Crown Colony Country Club Business After Five February 23rd — February 27th
5:30 p.m. Hosted by Sleep Inn/Main Stay Suites
February 9th Angelina County Fair
At the George H. Henderson Jr. Exposition Center
Business After Five
5:30 p.m. at Hinckley Orthodontics January|February 2016 BusinessLINK

February 11th

Young Professionals Network Lunch & Learn
12:00 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce Community
Room

February 11th

Business After Five
5:30 p.m. Hosted by CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial in
the Main Lobby

February 12th

Women’s Networking Luncheon
11:30 a.m. at Crown Colony Country Club. $25 per
ticket. Guest Speaker: Pam Owens.

February 15th

Chamber Offices Closed

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Angelina Beautiful/Clean Helping People Succeed

Arbor Day Celebration Respecting People.
Tree Seedling Give-a-Way! Impacting Business.

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Event at a glance Lufkin • Nacogdoches
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ning at 10:00 a.m. Event will take place Arbor Day Tree Seedling Give-a-Way
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Lowes parking lot www.axleyrode.com
The 2016 Arbor Day Celebration gives
East Texans the opportunity to replen- Questions? 936-632-5326 Serving Lufkin & East Texas
ish trees that suffered drought and Since 1949
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Tax, Audit, Accounting
Make plans to attend the Arbor Day and Business Advisory
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will be available.
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Donations can be made to Angelina
Beautiful/Clean. Please contact AB/C
with any questions at 936 63CLEAN (936
632-5326)

BusinessLINK January|February 2016


Angelina ARts Alliance

Chillin’
with the

Arts

A special concert performed by Black Violin will be held at Lufkin Middle School, February 9th at 7 pm.
Tickets are $5 adults,

FROZEN FAMILY FUNDAY ily experience. Frozen Family Funday is South by Southwest in 2013, these classi-
JANUARY 31, 1-5 p.m. sponsored by a generous grant from the cally trained violin and viola virtuosos
Angelina Arts Alliance Brookshire Brothers Charitable Founda- are accompanied by their band, featuring
tion. Specific events sponsored by Wood- ace turntable whiz DJTK, and drummer
Frozen Family Funday kicks off the land Heights Medical Center & The Med- Beatdown. Their groundbreaking classi-
new year with a totally FREE fun filled icine Shoppe Pharmacy. cal mash-up has taken them to 36 coun-
family day! The indoor and outdoor ac- tries, three Super Bowls and collabora-
tivities are sure to keep the kiddos and BLACK VIOLIN tions with P. Diddy, Kanye West, Aretha
adults entertained all afternoon start- FEBRUARY 9, 7 p.m. Franklin and The Eagles. This special
ing with Disney’s FROZEN Sing-A-Long live concert will be held at Lufkin Middle
movie showing in the Temple Theater Violin like you’ve never heard it before! School, February 9th at 7 pm. Tickets are
at 1 pm followed by The Chipper Expe- Black Violin began a decade ago when $5 adults,
rience! Where Comedy and Magic Col- Will Baptiste and Kevin “Kev” Marcus
lide!, a live performance that will keep decided to blend classical, hip-hop, rock, $3 children/students. So open your
the whole family laughing. Princesses R&B and bluegrass music. Named one of ears, your hearts and souls – to the genre
and other costumed characters are en- the hottest bands of the year at Austin’s busting sounds of Black Violin!
couraged! Outside you will find Sidewalk
chalk art, Snowflake making, Face paint- AngelinaArtsAlliance facebook.com/
ing, and free cookies and hot chocolate at
The Hot Chocolate Bar. Inside kids can Tickets make great gifts! ALL tickets for every show are on sale NOW
learn about and practice theater improv. including: The Annie Moses Band, The Hot Sardines, and MAMMA MIA!,
Johnny Villarreal will show kids how by phone, online, and at the Temple Theater Box Office! Visit our website to
to make their own ‘stop animation’ art view videos, photos and for ticket information.
piece with the Edge of Imagination Sta- (936) 633-5454 • www.angelinaarts.org
tion, and more hands-on fun awaits you.
On Sunday, January 31st, bring the kids January|February 2016 BusinessLINK
and join in the fun to help us celebrate
15 years of artistic adventures with this
interactive, creative and FREE fam-

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Greetings from Protect your
the Expo! cards with
real-time control.

H ere’s what’s happening at the George H. Henderson, Jr. Debit Transactions 24/7.
Exposition Center this January and February....
To kick of 2016 we are hosting the Annual Crossfire One app to rule you debit card.
Productions New Years’ Team Roping! Two full days, January
2nd and 3rd with lots of cash and prizes awarded! Now you can instantly set
the terms for when, where and
The cowboy action continues on January 9-10 with the Piney-
woods Youth Rodeo Association’s firs rodeo of 2016. Cowboys how your SFCU card is used.
and cowgirls from ages 6-19 compete for year-end awards!
Make the most of your Southland
Jurassic Quest brings you a Dinosaur Adventure for the whole Federal Credit Union card
family. The main dinosaur exhibit features ultra-realistic, life-
size animatronic dinosaurs; Over 50 life-size dinosaurs in all. Ju- by downloading the CardNavSM
rassic Quest, at press time, is scheduled to be here at the Expo on by CO-OP app today.
January 22-24. This life-size dinosaur exhibit is a great attraction Not a Member,
for the whole family. You might even want to ride a dinosaur! Not a Problem,
Join Today!
February 13, 2016 MARK YOUR CALENDAR! It’s time for the
CBR BULL BASH!!! To learn more, visit our website

The Angelina County Fair will run 5 days, February 23-27. outhland Your town.
Come out and support youth and education by attending the ederal Your money.
Fair! Your credit union.
Credit Union
Go to www.angelinaexpositioncenter.com to check out our
events calendar or like us on Facebook. Get ready for new and 2601 S. John Redditt, Lufkin
bigger events in 2016! (936) 639-2311

See you at the Expo! www.southlandfcu.com
Burt Hairgrove, Director
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BusinessLINK January|February 2016


Lufkin Convention and Visitors bureau

Many fun events to look forward to in 2016

W elcome to 2016! As always we are The 2016 Cooks and Forks event takes place February 6 in downtown Lufkin.
looking forward to another year of
events, activities, and fun here in musical event featuring Nashville’s hottest downtown tasting event that promises to be a
Lufkin! songwriters and a 10 piece local studio sym- night to remember! Lufkin’s finest chefs will
phony. Join us they share the stories behind showcase their tastiest appetizers and desserts
As the New Year begins, so does the 2016 some of the biggest hits they’ve penned for to- paired with great wines and champagnes!
Pines Presents Series. Come kick off the year day’s most iconic stars set to the sounds of a Come enjoy a fun night out in an elegant set-
with Melinda Doolittle and her Jazz Trio on symphony. With over 30 #1 hits, these Gram- ting while dancing to live music by Bryan
January 21st! Melinda became a household my winning writers have had songs recorded Harkness and band. Tickets are $30 each and
name during season six of American Idol by Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Blake are on sale NOW! Only a limited number are
where she was named 3rd place --winning Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Kelly Clarkson available, so reserve your tickets today by call-
over the hearts of America with her stunning and many more. Come join us at The Pines ing 936-633-0359 or stop by the Lufkin Conven-
powerhouse vocals as well as her charm and and listen to the original song writers sing tion and Visitors Bureau.
charisma. Come enjoy songs off of her first your favorite songs set to symphony music!
two albums as well as old classic favorites and Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual
hear why NY Times calls her one of the most For a complete list of the 2016 Pines Pres- Oscars Night at The Pines on February 28th.
“phenomenally gifted” singers in years. ents Series be sure to go online at www. Walk the Red Carpet and spend a night with
thepineslufkin.com. Tickets can be pur- the stars! Be sure to wear your most fabulous
Then join us Thursday, February 11th as chased online or by calling 936-633-0359. attire, because your photo will be taken by the
World Vision Presents Sandi Patty ---Forever paparazzi as you enter the event! Watch the
Grateful: The Farewell Tour. Sandi Patty will Get ready for the 5th Annual Corks & Oscars on the big screen of The Pines The-
be kicking off the first concert of her farewell Forks on February 6th. Corks & Forks is a ater while enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres and
tour right here in Lufkin! As one of the most champagne. Once arrived cast your vote in cat-
highly acclaimed performers of our time with egories such as Best Actor, Best Actress, and
five Grammy awards, four Billboard Music Best Picture. You may be a winner based on
Awards, three platinum records, five gold your vote! This will be a night to remember, so
records, and eleven million units sold, Sandi dress up, and make your grand entrance on the
Patty is simply known as The Voice. Sandi red carpet! Tickets are just $20 per person and
Patty is the most awarded female vocalist in ticket price covers hors d’oeuvres and a glass
contemporary Christian music history, with of champagne. A cash bar will be available as
40 Dove Awards. Let your soul be renewed as well. Call 936-633-0359 to get your tickets!
we welcome back to Lufkin the incomparable
Sandi Patty. Happy New Year from the Lufkin Conven-
tion and Visitors Bureau! For a complete list of
March 8th, Music City Hit-Makers will be annual events check out www.visitlufkin.com.
“classin’ up country” with a one-of-a-kind
January|February 2016 BusinessLINK
Pine’s Theater Upcoming Events

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Science and tech fair AL&H

Annual Science & Tech ALEXANDER
Fair taking place in April LANKFORD &

S tudents from Angelina County HIERS, INC.
compete in the 19th Annual Ange-
lina County Science & Tech Fair 4000 S. Medford Dr.
on April 28-29, 2016 at the George H. Hen- Lufkin, Texas 75901-5500
derson Jr. Exposition Center. Students in
grades 6-12 from public, private and home (936) 632-7771
school have the opportunity to use their CERTIFIED PUBLIC
creative minds and resourceful brains and
compete for awards. ACCOUNTANTS
A Professional Corporation
This year’s events include: Conversion
Contraption, Catapult, Invention, Life Sci- ansWswpeer’arreyteotrhyse.our
ence, Wiffle Robotics, and SuGo Robotics.
Students interested in competing should 818 N. Raguet • Lufkin • 936-632-7765
contact a technology teacher at their school
and go to www.angelinascienceandtech. lufkintexas.org 11
com for more information on entry, rules,
and competing. Anyone interested in vol-
unteering to help with the event should
contact Susie Cardwell at scardwell@

lufkintexas.org or call 936-634-6644.
The Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber

of Commerce hosts the annual Science &
Tech Fair. A committee of avid technology
volunteers, headed by Stephen King of Con-
solidated Communications, coordinates the
event. A special thanks to Lockheed Martin,
Presenting Sponsor of the 2016 event. Gold
Sponsors are Double S Industrial Contrac-
tors, Inc., Little Caesar’s Pizza, and Consoli-
dated Communications. The Event Sponsor

is Schlotzsky’s
Deli. Silver
Sponsors are
CCM Electric,
Southern Reliant Electric, Inc., Forestar
Real Estate Group, Cherokee Industrial
Fab., Ltd., K and B Moonwalk, Servpro of
Lufkin/South Nacogdoches County, Gipson
Funeral Home, Loggins Plumbing, Lufkin
Golf Club, and Choice Cut Meat Market.
Media Sponsor is KTRE TV 9.

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Fox Run Apartments Kamcare Home Health Services Stage Department Store
Accent Food Services Greenway Carriers,LLC Kovar Captial Texas Urological Clinic Pax-Sun Engineering Inc.
Almcoe Refrigeration The Healing Connection Merry Maids Physicians of East Texas, L.L.C
Blown Away Salon The Pines Theater
Century 21 Bryan Realty- Brenda Posados Mexican Cafe
Quality Inn
Renewing Members Regional Physical Therapy Center
Ross Motorsports
1st Choice Personnel Christ Congregational Church Hexion Inc. S&J Fire Protection and Construction Group, LLC.
AAA Self Storage- 69 City of Lufkin Planning Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Sam’s Club
AAA Self Storage-94 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inez Tims Senior living Sandra D. Sorrell, CPA
AAA Self Storage- Diboll Crown Forest Apartments TMheedIincsintietute for Lifestyles, Preventive and Family Shelton’s Place
AAA Self Storage- Southwood D & J Roofing Construction Company JRD Mail Store Socia Septic Systems
AAA Trophy, T-Shirts & Sport Shop Deena & Co. Commercial Cleaning Junior League of Lufkin Southwood Drive Animal Clinic
Agape Home Care Services Dot Brookshire Kwik Kopy Printing Taylor McKewen D.D.S.
Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas Don’s Sanitation Kool Smiles Terracon Consultants
Alderman, Cain & Neill PLLC East Texas Copy Systems L&S Floor Works Texas Custom Catering
ALLCOM – AT&T Authorized Retailer East Texas Family Medicine La Quinta Inns #581 Todd, Hamaker & Johnson, LLP
Alligator Annie’s Septic Systems East Texas Foot Associates La Unica Express Tome Catering
American Legion Auxiliary #113 East Texas Human Resources Association Larkspur United Country Land & Timber
American Red Cross East Texas Monument Company Law Office of Jeremy Crew The UPS Store
Arley’s Cakes & Arrangements East Texas Professional Credit Union Lawn Appeal LLC Verizon Wireless- MDI
A.T. Staffing Advance’d Temporaries Inc. Edward Jones Investments- Vince Treadwell Leal Landscaping/Sprinklers Walgreens Frank St.
Austin bank Express Employment Professionals Legacy Real Estate Group- Marie West Foster Wishing Well Antiques & Gifts
Bradley Clary, DVM Farmers Insurance- Bradley Clement Linda F. Parker XETX Business Solutions
BodyMasters Quality Collision Repair Farmers Insurance Group District Office Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau YGM, L.L.C.
Billy Ball- Justice of The Peace Fenley & Bate, Attorneys At Law Lufkin First Assembly
Career Uniforms Gateway Tire Manhattan Fine Dining Restaurant
Casa Ole’ Restaurant Guardian Force Security Services Mike Love & Associates
Castle Pines Health & Rehab Harbor Hospice Museum of East Texas
The Cedar Tree Harold’s House- East Texas Alliance For Children Oak Creek Center
Cheddar’s Casual Cafe HDR Engineering Inc. Office Furniture Warehouse
Chicken Express HEB Grocery Company

Member Anniversaries January/February 2016

25 Years 15 Years Machine Services, Inc. 10 Years
Burke Center Alene’s Florist Medicine Shoppe
Dupre Tire Company Inc. Angelina Excavating City Wide Directories LLC
Moore Building Associates Pregnancy Help Center of Lufkin
Mack Carnes Angelina Glass Mueller Inc.
Community Coffee Company Regions Bank- Main Office
20 Years Deep East Texas Council of Governments Parkwood Place Healthcare and Rehab Zimmerman Communications
Didrikson Associates, Inc. Point A Media, Inc.
Lufkin/ Angelina County Economic 5 Years
Development Excel Car Wash Texas Imaging Systems A1 Recycling
Feather Crest Farms, Inc. Tri-Tech Surveying Company, L.P. Goff & Herrington, P.C.
McCleskey Enterprises Ferrara’s Heating & Air Conditioning Humane Society of Angelina County
Mercer Nissan Mazda Gann Medford Real Estate Truss & Son Plumbing, Inc. Wally’s Party Factory
Museum of East Texas
Physicians of East Texas Haglund Law Firm
Todd, Hamaker & Johnson, LLP Innovative Office Systems
Weismuller Law Firm
Junior Acheivement
Lower Neches Valley Authority

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96th Annual Chamber Healthiest Credit Unions 2015
Banquet coming up Jan. 28
#130 out of 6,655 federally
insured credit unions in America.

#9 in great state of Texas.

Your first
choice locally.

As seen from the 95th Annual Chamber Banquet. This year’s banquet will take place January 28 at the DepositAccounts just released their
Pitser Garrison Convention Center. 2015 edition of its Top 200 Healthiest
Credit Unions in America and GENCO
O n January 28, The Lufkin/Ange- Event Details
lina County Chamber of Commerce Thursday, January 28, 2016 Federal Credit Union is proud to be
will host the 96th Annual Chamber 6:30pm Reception a member of that distinctive list. We’ve
Banquet and Meeting presented by Premier 7:30pm Dinner & Banquet
Kia. The banquet will feature a reception Pitser Garrison Convention Center been working at getting better for
allowing time for socializing and network- $600 Reserved table of eight with corporate decades and we will continue
ing while enjoying specialty beverages and identification
appetizers from Brookshire Brothers. Fol- $50 Individual tickets to improve each and every year.
lowing the reception, dinner will be served. Please RSVP by January 22, 2016. Reserve Go online, call or stop by any branch
This year’s dinner will be provided by your ticket by calling 936-634-6644 or email
Square Shooters. JRoberson@LufkinTexas.org and see for yourself why we are
ranked so high on their list.
Adding to your banquet experience, pre- PRESENTING SPONSOR
senting sponsor Premier Kia will have a Premier Kia The full list may be found online at:
display of new Kia’s to view during the re-
ception. Check out the newest models Pre- GOLD SPONSORS www.depositaccounts.com/banks/
mier Kia has offer, and envision yourself in CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial health.aspx#healthiest.
a brand new Kia! Citizens National Bank
Lockheed-Martin IChecking Savings
This year’s banquet program includes a ILoans And A Lot More!
review of the past year, the year ahead, and SILVER SPONSORS
two award recipients. Come and join us as First Bank & Trust East Texas (936) 637-7710
we celebrate the accomplishments of the Lee TranServices, Inc. 800.922.6428
past year and look forward to the New Year! Whataburger
Woodland Heights Medical Center www.facebook.com/GENCOFCU

RECEPTION SPONSOR www.gencofcu.org
Brookshire Brothers
Serving Angelina County – Lufkin
MEDIA SPONSOR
KTRE TV, Channel 9 Federally Insured by NCUA

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Ribbon cuttings and red carpet salutes

Pregnancy Help Center For 31 years, the Pregnancy Help Center of Lufkin has offered needed Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity of Angelina County is a nonprofit volunteer
information, resources, and loving support to sexually active, pregnant and mothering women organization working in interfaith partnership with people in need to help create decent, affordable
of all ages, encouraging positive responses to some of life’s difficult choices during pregnancy housing for the betterment of our community. They create housing solutions in partnership with
and parenting. They provide many services including pregnancy screening, limited obstetrical volunteers and families in need, regardless of their ethnic or religious background. Habitat for
ultrasound, fetal development and nutritional information during pregnancy, and referrals to health Humanity of Angelina County has begun construction on their 18th home, and they are in the
and social service resources. Check out their new facility at 401 Gaslight Blvd.! process of beginning two more homes. For more information about Habitat for Humanity or
volunteer opportunities, check out their website and Facebook page!

Premier Kia Premier Kia celebrated their grand opening on October 21st. They are located at Heritage Land Bank Heritage Land Bank is a lending cooperative headquarter in Tyler with branch
1705 S. First Street. The Premier Kia team brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the offices in Athens, Fort Worth, Greenville, Lindale, Lufkin, McKinny, Nacogdoches, Palestine,
table when helping you choose which new Kia vehicle is right for you. You can choose from a and Tyler. They serve North and East Texas specializing in financing for farms, ranches, country
variety of new Kia vehicles, Certified Pre-Owned Kias, and quality used cars for sale. Premier Kia homes, recreational property, livestock equipment, and agribusiness loans. Heritage Land Bank is
also offers a Service and Parts department with certified technicians to assist you with ongoing located at 3006 S. First St., Suite B, and their hours are 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday- Friday.
maintenance or general repair needs. They are open Monday –Friday from 8:00am-7:00pm and
Saturday from 9:00am-4:00pm.

Chala Sports and Family Chiropractic Chala Sports and Family Chiropractic provides safe and Merry Maids- With more than 30 years of experience, Merry Maids is the world leader in the
effective musculo-skeletal relief. They focus their practice on sports rehabilitation management, residential cleaning industry. They provide free customized estimates, a thorough and consistent
general wellness, pediatrics, and pre/postnatal care. They have two chiropractors to serve you, cleaning process, provide all our own supplies, and thoroughly screen their employees.
Dr. Colin Chala and Dr. Lyndy Vines. Their hours Monday – Thursday are 8:00am-12:00pm and Merry Maids is excited to extend its services to the Lufkin/ Angelina County region. With the
1:30pm-5:00pm. Their Friday hours are 8:00am-12:00pm. Check them out at 2610 S. John Nacogdoches and Lufkin offices combined, they have eight well-trained, ready-to-serve team
Redditt Dr. members. They are located at 1413 Turtle Creek Dr. Give them a call for a free estimate!

Allcom AT&T Allcom is an AT&T Authorized Retailer Store providing wireless service plans, Stage Department Store Stage Department Store offers brand name apparel, accessories,
cellular phones, and DIRECTV. There is no issue too big or too small that they can’t help you get cosmetics, footwear, and home goods for the entire family. Stage Stores provide style, value,
resolved. Drop in to visit with their experienced staff at their new Brentwood location, 500 N. and community connections to customers in America’s hometowns and online. Customers can
Brentwood Drive! They are open on Monday- Friday from 9:00am-8:00p, Saturday from 9:00am- connect to Stage Stores via Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram or opt to receive exceptional
7:00pm, and Sunday from 12:00pm-6:00pm. They have a variety of brands and plans to fit your offers and coupons by email and mobile. They are located in the Lufkin Mall at 4600 S. Medford
needs! Dr. Their hours of operation are Monday- Saturday from 10:00am -9:00pm and Sunday from
12:00pm-6:00pm.
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Lufkin/Angelina County
Day in Austin coming up

A scene from a previous Lufkin/Angelina County Day in Austin. This year’s event will take place February 18.

T he Lufkin/Angelina County Cham- 512-482-8000 | 1-800-236-2592 Dependability.
ber of Commerce will host the an- Reference the Lufkin/Angelina County In•te•gr•ity.
nual Lufkin/Angelina County Day Day or group code LAC Invest with
in Austin in honor of state official, legisla- https://resweb.passkey.com/go/Lufki-
tors, and agencies. nAngelinaCounty Confidence.

The Reception will be held on Thursday, We would like to our sponsors for mak- Stocks • Bonds • Mutual Funds
February 18 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at The ing this event possible! A special thanks to FDIC Insured Certificates of Deposit
Austin Club in Downtown Austin. There will our Presenting Sponsor: Lufkin/Angelina Government Securities • IRAs & Pension Rollovers
be opportunities to meet with key regulatory County Economic Partnership, Gold Spon- Group & Individual Life, Health, & Disability Insurance
and legislative leaders, as well networking sors: CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial, City Medicare Supplement & Long-Term Care Insurance
with other East Texans interested in govern- of Lufkin, Consolidated Communications, Insured Tax Free Investments • Annuities
ment affairs. Food and beverages will be pro- Lufkin Economic Development Corpora-
vided at The Austin Club to attendees at the tion, and Servpro Lufkin/South Nacogdo- Retirement & Estate Planning
reception. Please RSVP to CBlack@Lufkin- ches County; Silver Sponsors: Angelina
Texas.org by February 12, 2016. College, American Enerpower, and Skelton FITNHAENACDIAVLAGNRCOEDUP
Slusher Barnhill Watkins & Wells PLLC;
Thursday, February 18th, 2016 Bronze Sponsors: Axley & Rode CPA’s, Com- 1101 S. Chestnut • Lufkin
5:30-7:30 p.m. munity Title, East Texas Asphalt Co., Fenley 634-3378 • 1-888-835-3673
The Austin Club & Bate, L.L.P, Gann Medford Real Estate, www.theadvancedfinancialgroup.com
110 E. 9th St. Austin, TX 78701 Inc., Lufkin Independent School District,
Moore Brothers Construction Company, SECURITIES OFFERED THROUGH WOODLANDS SECURITIES CORP. MEMBER FINRA/SIPC
Hilton Austin Oncor, and The Lufkin Daily News; Media
Make Hotel Guest Room Block Reserva- Sponsor: KTRE TV 9. lufkintexas.org 15
tions by January 18, 2016

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2015 year in review

Thank you to our community members and supporters for another great year in angelina county!

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2015 year in review Carroway

2015 ATHENA FUNERAL HOME
Leadership Award
Locally Owned and Managed in Lufkin & Huntington
T he 2015 ATHENA Leadership hard to assist young women and men in
Award recipient, Jane Ainsworth, realizing their full leadership potential Funerals aren’t about death...
service has spanned from interact- by giving them avenues to gather and They’re
ing and serving on boards at the Mosaic network as well as supporting the efforts
Center, Family Crisis Center, Angelina by the Young Professionals Network to about
Beautiful/Clean, Kurth Memorial Library, attract young professionals to the area
Pinecrest Retirement Community, Univer- and keep them engaged in the commu- Celebrating
sity of Texas Development and the Lufkin/ nity. a Life!

Let us help you create
those memories in a
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2704 S. John Redditt Dr. | Lufkin Roy Carroway
936-634-2255 Owner

Jane Ainsworth, center, was awarded the 2015 ATHENA Leadership Award. Drinking & Driving
is like Playing
Angelina County Chamber of Commerce She is a devout Christian and has
just to name a few. As a founding board helped so many people in so many ways. Russian Roulette...
member of the Angelina Arts Alliance, Her spiritual journey and ability to
she was the perfect driving force behind minister to people through her cooking It’s Never
the Temple Theatre and the organization became strengthened as she served in Worth the Risk
she presided as president over for 8 years. leadership with Bible Study Fellowship
Not only was she instrumental in the Instrumental. Not a week goes by that Nearly 1 iN 3 traffic
organization’s development, she estab- she is not delivering homemade bread or
lished a scholarship fund which is avail- a meal to someone in need. fatalities iNvolve a druNk driver.
able to an Angelina County high school
senior that excels is performing arts. Many of her endeavors are public but Lufkin
so many more have been done discreet- 109 Temple Blvd.
Jane is a strong mentor and role model ly, in such a manner that we will never (936) 634-9308
as President of Duncan Property Man- know. Jane does not seek the limelight, angelinacoalition.org
agement. She believes in supporting she seeks to serve. She views this as her
young professionals in the area. As an ex- duty, her duty to serve God and the com- lufkintexas.org 17
ample, Crown Forest Apartments works munity in which she lives.

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2015 year in review

Leadership Lufkin Class of 2016

This is the first photo taken of the 34th Leadership Lufkin class taken at the Welcome Reception held on August 11th, 2015 at the Pitser Garrison Convention
Center. Thank you Community Title for being presenting sponsor again this year and for our reception sponsor, Consolidated Communications. There were 22
participants this year. Not shown Mendi Brent and Jeff Fatheree.

Participants listed in alphabetical order along with their sponsors:
Sherri Anthony, First Bank & Trust; Mendi Brent,Georgia-Pacific; Kayla Campbell, Huntington State Bank; Rebecca Dilday, Hospice in the Pines; Tiffany Elder,
Lufkin State Supported Living Center; Jeff Fatheree, CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial; Burt Hairgrove, George H. Henderson Jr. Exposition Center; Ben Honeywell,
Jay Jackson State Farm; Jay Jelinek, Brookshire Brothers; Jim Johnson, Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce; Phillip LaCorte, Heart Institute of East
Texas; Gary Litton, Angelina County & Cities Health District; Stephanie Love, Regions Bank; Becca McMahon, Skelton Slusher Barnhill Watkins Wells PLLC;
Keldon McPherson, Lockheed Martin; Velta Page, Communities in Schools and Leadership Lufkin Alumni Association; Wayne Ramsey, Principal Financial Group
and Leadership Lufkin Alumni Associaton; Jill Roberson, Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce; Lauren Stacy, Lufkin First United Methodist Church; Sarah
Vest, Lee TranServices, Inc.; Julie Warren, CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial; Emily Welch, First Christian Church.

Young Professionals Network

18 lufkintexas.org The Young Professionals Network of Lufkin and Angelina
County is a group of professionals ages 21 to 40 who meet
monthly for happy hour at local restaurants or professional
development presentations at The Chamber. We would love for
you to come and join us in growing our network of business-
minded professionals and future leaders in our area. We plan
on taking part in community services programs and advanc-
ing our professional development sessions. Join us for at one
of our monthly happy hours! Call the Chamber for more infor-
mation at 936-634-6644.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor Crown Forest Apart-
ments!

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2015 year in review

Business Hall of Fame

Edgar Wareing Horace Cardweill Jr. Less waiting
where it
E very year, the Lufkin/Angelina Coun- where he drafted Lufkin’s current charter. Ed
ty Chamber of Commerce recognizes was elected to City Council in 1967 and he was matters most –
past prominent business leader who re-elected in every contest through 1984. our
have made extraordinary contributions to An-
gelina County. The 2015 Business Hall of Fame Horace M. Cardwell, Jr. emergency room.
Inductees were: 1919-1995
In 1948, Horace Cardwell Jr. became the Admin- In a medical emergency, every minute
Edgar (Ed) Charles Wareing istrator for Memorial Hospital and served for matters. So, at Woodland Heights
1920-2014 37 years in this capacity. His legacy is the team- Medical Center, you’ll find faster care
Throughout his 38 years at Texas Foundries work generated to create what has evolved into in the emergency room. We work
as a plant engineer, Edgar Charles Wareing today’s medical hub for Angelina County. diligently to have you initially seen by a
was involved in city government. He served as medical professional* in 30 minutes –
the Chairman of the City Planning and Zon- Thank you to our presenting sponsor: or less. And, with a team of dedicated
ing Commission where he was instrumental Lufkin/Angelina County Economic De- medical specialists, we can provide a
in creating Lufkin’s current zoning ordinance, velopment; Silver Sponsor: Merrill Lynch; lot more care, if you need it.
and he served on the City Charter Commission Bronze Sponsor: Loggins Plumbing.
The 30-Minutes-Or-Less
E.R. Service Pledge –

only at Woodland Heights
Medical Center.

WoodlandHeights.net

Portrait plaques of each Business Hall of Fame inductee will be displayed in the lobby of the library. *Medical professionals may include physicians,
Pictured, from left, Aimee Slusher, board chair of The Chamber; Wareing’s sons, Robert of Friendswood physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
and Fred of Lufkin; and Jim Johnson, president and CEO of The Chamber during the 2015 Business Hall
of Fame ceremony. Woodland Heights Medical Center is directly or indirectly
owned by a partnership that proudly includes physician owners,
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Lufkin/Angelina County day in Austin

Attendees of the Lufkin/Angelina County day in Austin are pictured at the capitol.

T he Lufkin/Angelina County Cham- There were opportunities to meet with key regulatory and legislative leaders, as well as network with
ber of Commerce hosted the annu- other East Texans interested in government affairs at the Lufkin/Angelina County Day in Ausitn.
al Lufkin/Angelina County day in
Austin in honor of state officials, legisla- power, Angelina College, Skelton Slush- Medford Real Estate, Inc., Lufkin ISD,
tors, and agencies on February 11. er Barnhill Watkins & Wells PLLC, Moore Brothers Construction Compa-
BRONZE SPONSORS Axley & Rode ny, Oncor, The Lufkin Daily News, USA
The reception was held from 5:30pm CPA’s, Community Title, East Texas Landscape Services, Winco Trucking,
until 7:30 p.m. at the Austin Saenger- Asphalt Co., Fenley & Bate, LLP, Gann LLC; MEDIA SPONSOR KTRE TV 9.
runde Hall in downtown Austin. Food
and beverages were provided to attend- January|February 2016 BusinessLINK
ees. There were opportunities to meet
with key regulatory and legislative lead-
ers, as well as network with other East
Texans interested in government affairs.

Thank you to thank our sponsors
who made this event possible including
our PRESENTING SPONSOR Lufkin/
Angelina County Economic Develop-
ment, GOLD SPONSORS CHI St. Luke’s
Health Memorial, Citizens National
Bank, City of Lufkin, Lufkin/Ange-
lina County Economic Development,
Servpro of Lufkin/ South Nacogdoches,
SILVER SPONSORS American Ener-

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95th Annual Chamber Banquet

Michelle Green received the Diplomat of the Harmony Hill Baptist Church received The Golden Anvil Lt. Gen. Orren Whiddon received the Angelina
Year Award during the Chamber Banquet. Award. Award presented by First Bank and Trust East
Texas (award accepted by his daughters Laura
S ince 1919 the Lufkin/Angelina quet held at the Pitser Garrison Convention Shortell and Barbara Whiddon Chandle )
County Chamber of Commerce has Center. Guests socialized while enjoying
beverages and appetizers from Brookshire presented by the Pineywoods Foundation,
helped support the local economy Brothers as well as specialty brewed craft Lt. Gen. Orren Whiddon received the An-
beer from Pedernales Brewing Company gelina Award presented by First Bank and
with its dedication to strengthening busi- in Fredericksburg. Harmony Hill Baptist Trust East Texas (award accepted by his
Church received The Golden Anvil Award daughters Laura Shortell, and Barbara
nesses and growing the community. On Whiddon Chandle ), and Michelle Green re-
ceived the Diplomat of the Year Award.
January 29th, the Chamber’s legacy was cel-

ebrated at the 95th Annual Chamber Ban-

Silver Spike

O n October 2nd, the Lufkin/Ange- Jeff Todd with the Advanced Financial Group, center, accepts the 25th Annual Jack O. (Butch) McMullen
lina County Chamber of Commerce Silver Spike Award.
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to Jeff Todd with The Advanced Financial
Group. Those selected to receive the award
are leaders in their profession and commu-
nity, a source of positive influence and en-
couragement for others and someone who
has a vision for Angelina County. Thank
you to presenting sponsor: First Bank &
Trust East Texas.

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8th Annual Salute to Healthcare Banquet

T he Lufkin/Angelina County Bill Kistler, MD, accepts the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Chamber of Commerce hosted
the 8th Annual Salute to Health- patients sing her praises, often for liter- is known for his compassion, his excel-
care Banquet. This is a night of cel- ally saving their lives. The influence of lence, his firm belief in the community
ebration as the community honors our her work extends far beyond our region. in which he lives and serves.
healthcare sector. Including not just the
medical profession, but all those who 2015 Healthcare Professional of the 2015 Individual of Merit:
serve patients in various capacity. Lufkin Year: Buford Abeldt, RPh Susan Rushing
has established itself as the regional hub
for healthcare, with resources and capa- Our 2015 Healthcare Professional of As CEO of a large healthcare orga-
bilities far more advanced than most com- the Year is not only highly regarded in nization for 25 years, our Individual of
munities our size. his profession, but he is also an exem- Merit’s facilities serve 10,000 customers
plary community leader in many ways. annually. She holds both BA and Mas-
The healthcare industry contributes He got his healthcare-related degree in ter’s degrees in clinical psychology. Her
23% of the jobs in Angelina County, and 1969 and went into the Navy from 1970 leadership extends beyond our region,
the Chamber wants to honor our physi- to 1974 before moving to Lufkin in 1976 as she has served as a representative to
cians, hospitals, pharmacies, nursing with his family. But it was in 1979 that the Professional and Technical Adviso-
care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, he opened his own business. Abeldt’s ry Committee of the Joint Commission.
dentists, hospices, home health agencies, Gaslight Pharmacy was recognized as a She is past Chair of the Board of Direc-
for becoming the dominant engine of the Small Business of the Year in 2006, and it tors of Mental Health Corporations of
economic growth in this area. has been voted Best in Lufkin by Lufkin America, and the Executive Directors
News readers many times. His influence Consortium of the Texas Council of
Thank you to our sponsors! Presenting extends far beyond Lufkin. He was ap- Community MHMR Centers. Her vast
Sponsor: CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial, pointed by Governor Rick Perry to the connections have enhanced the care of
Silver Sponsors: Lufkin/Angelina County Texas State Board of Pharmacy, where residents of Angelina County and all
Economic Development Partnership and he is currently serving his second term, of deep East Texas. She is described as
Woodland Heights Medical Center, Recep- a high honor. But more importantly, he brilliant, visionary and compassion-
tion Sponsor: Angelina Radiation Oncol-
ogy Associates, Speaker Sponsors: Boston January|February 2016 BusinessLINK
Scientific and Gentiva Hospice.

2015 Nurse of the Year:
Angie Whitley, RN-C

Our Nurse of the Year has been de-
scribed as remarkable, determined,
committed, inspiring, compassionate,
dedicated, fierce, and an advocate for
those who are less fortunate and those
in need. She is responsible for applying
for and administering a federally funded
grant program for breast and cervical
cancer screening and getting women
coverage for treatment if they are diag-
nosed with cancer. She tirelessly seeks
out individuals who cannot afford, and
thus cannot access, healthcare. She has
been applauded by numerous physi-
cians and others in the community. Her

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care workers, with the addition of pro-
grams in areas such as sonography and
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Time and time again, he has exemplified

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31st Annual Texas State Forest Festival

Thank you to TSFF sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor Gold Sponsors Bronze Sponsors
Brookshire Brothers CMC Commercial Metals Etech
Georgia Pacific Texas State Bank
Platinum Sponsor
Lufkin Convention and Visitors Silver Sponsors Corporate Sponsors
Bureau A-1 Party Rentals, Inc. Axley & Rode CPA
Mike Love & Associates Loving Toyota-Scion Taco Casa
Simon & Louise Henderson WHATABURGER Buffalo Wild Wings
Foundation Texas Timberjack
Lee TranServices, Inc.

Thank you friends of The Forest Festival!

Angelina Savings Bank Gary & Susie Martel Performance Truck
AR Services Gipson Funeral Home
Austin Bank Heart Institute of East Texas Piney Woods Apt. Association
Commercial Bank of Texas Huntington State Bank
Davis Insurance Agencies Ken Smith, Casper & Real Graphics
Diboll Correctional Center Associates, P.C.
Diesel Diagnostics Travosky Kiel Security & Guaranty Abstract
Dylan E. Richardson KSWP/KAVX - Al Ross Co.
Photography Lufkin Federal Credit Union
East Texas Timber Rattlers East Texas Professional Credit SERVPRO
Edward Jones-Ashley Bratton, Union
Financial Advisor Moore Bros. Construction Co. Shafer Funeral Home
First Bank & Trust East Texas Music World Southland Federal Credit
Union

Texas State Bank

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2015 year in review

Tee It Up For Teachers Golf Tournament

T ee It Up For Teachers is an annual Golf Participants enjoy the 8th Annual Tee It Up For Teachers event.
Tournament hosted by the Lufkin/An-
gelina County Chamber of Commerce.
The 8th Annual Tee It Up For Teachers was
held on June 15, 2015 at Crown Colony Country
Club. Dedicated to improving access to educa-
tion, Tee It Up For Teachers raises funds and
provides scholarship to teachers employed at
any of the six Angelina County independent
school districts. Teachers wishing to further
their education by pursuing a Master’s De-
gree in Education are eligible to apply. Thank
you to our GOLD SPONSOR Whataburger,
CAP SPONSOR Commercial Metal Company,
GOLF TOWEL SPONSOR Lee TranServices,
Inc., PUTTING GREEN SPONSOR Servpro of
Lufkin/South Nacogdoches County, SNACK/
BEVERAGE CART SPONSORS Farmers In-
surance - Garrett Massie and Lufkin First
Assembly, HOLE IN ONE SPONSORS Loving
Toyota-Scion and Walmart, and our MEDIA
SPONSOR KTRE TV 9.

Leadership Tomorrow Class of 2015
A celebration was held for the gradua-
tion of the twenty third Leadership Leadership Tomorrow Class of 2015.
Tomorrow Class on April 20, 2015 at
the First United Methodist Church Fellow-
ship Hall. Bonnie Dowdy was the Chairman
and Emcee with Demetress Harrell as guest
speaker. Graduates were: Elisabeth Alvis,
Emma Cherry, BriAnn Criswell, Diana
Dunman, Allie East, Hanna Eddings, Kris-
ten Evans, Whitney Flournoy, Josiah Garg-
es, Emma Godfrey, Katelyn Hanks, Hayden
Havard, Ivan Hernandez, Matt Jungmann,
Erin LaRoe, Matt Lindsey, Brooke Loggins,
Hannah Matteson, Heather McDaniel, Sa-
mantha Montoya, Scott Morgan, Bryndan
Nerren , Chloe Presnall, Holly Ratcliff,
Dondrick Sanders, Tristan Sims, Jackson
Vier, Noah Vier, Richard Wilroy, and Mikay-
la Young.

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2015 year in review YOU CAN BE READY
TO RETIRE OR NOT.
Small Business
of the Year Awards READY IS

S mall business is a vital to the Ameri- ING SPONSOR City Wide Directories, LLC; BETTER.
can free enterprise system. Each GOLD SPONSORS Audiological Services,
year, the Lufkin/Angelina County Abeldt’s Gaslight Pharmacy, Gipson Fu- Vince Treadwell, CFP®
Chamber of Commerce recognizes the fin- neral Home, Regions Bank; SILVER SPON-
est local small businesses. The Chamber SORS Alexander & Spencer, P.C., Davis In- Financial Advisor
proudly recognized the 2015 Small Business surance, Edward Jones Investments - Vince
of the Year Award winners: Real Graphics, Treadwell, Jeff Havard Insurance, Lee 321 S. First Street
Carroway Funeral Home, and the Lufkin TranServices, Inc., Pepsi Bottling Group, Lufkin, Texas 75901
Daily News. Walmart, Zimmerman Communications; 936-634-6116
MEDIA SPONSOR Lufkin Daily News.
Thank you to our sponsors: PRESENT- www.edwardjones.com

Real Graphics was named
Small Business of The
Year,Division III.

Carroway Funeral The Lufkin Daily News Over
Home was named was was named 50,000 sq. ft.
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Year,Division I. recycled office
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2015 year in review

18th Annual Science & Technology Fair

T he 18th Annual Angelina County Science & Technol-
ogy Fair was held on April 30, 2015 and May 1, 2015
at the George H. Henderson Exposition Center. Ange-
lina County students in grades 6-12 from public, private, and
home school had the opportunity to show their enthusiasm
for science and technology by competing for exciting rewards
and prizes. This year’s events included: Catapult, Conversion
Contraption, Invention, Life Science, and Robotics.

Thank you to our sponsors: PRESENTING SPONSOR Lock-
heed Martin; GOLD SPONSOR Double S Industrial Contrac-
tors, Inc., Little Caesar’s Pizza, and Strickland Plumbing; LIFE
SCIENCE EVENT SPONSOR HEB Grocery Store; CATAPULT
EVENT SPONSOR Mike Love & Associates; CONVERSION
CONTRAPTION EVENT SPONSOR Consolidated Communi-
cation; ROBOTICS EVENT SPONSOR Contractor’s Supplies;
SILVER SPONSORS Cascade Health Services, CCM Electric,
Cherokee Industrial Fab, Inc., Forestar Real Estate Group, Gip-
son Funeral Home, K and B Moonwalk, Loggins Plumbing, Pax-
Sun Engineering Inc., Servpro of Lufkin/ South Nacogdoches,
Southern Reliant Electric, Inc., and Southwood Drive Animal
Clinic; MEDIA SPONSOR KTRE TV 9

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2015 year in review My Overhead Door
Protects My Belongings
The Diplomats Club
and My Budget.

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936-632-3426

We do more than
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Private Mailboxes • Notary
Color Copies

Black and White Copies
Fax Service • Office Supplies

Members of the Diplomats Club are in charge of the Chamber’s Annual Banquet, Ribbon Cuttings, Ground
Breakings, Red Carpet Salutes, Power Networking Breakfasts, and Business After Fives and more.

T he members of the Diplomats activities of the Diplomat program en- The UPS Store
Club are the Chamber’s public able Chamber members to learn about
relations arm. They are in charge business opportunities, networking, com- 3009 S. John Redditt, Ste. E
of the Chamber’s Annual Banquet, Rib- munity education, economic development Kmart Shopping Center
bon Cuttings, Ground Breakings, Red and legislative issues. For more informa- (936) 639-3122
Carpet Salutes, Power Networking Break- tion on becoming a member of the Diplo-
fasts, and Business After Fives. They also mats Club, contact The Chamber at 936- lufkintexas.org 29
handle the New Member Showcase. The 634-6644.

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On the Scene

Snapshots from recent Chamber events.
To learn more about upcoming events
see the Chamber Calendar on page 6.

Salute to Healthcare Banquet

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since 1956
Business After Five hosted by Citizens National Bank
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For reservations contact Veronica Luce at
villas@crown-colony.com or
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On the scene Business After Five
hosted by The Pines Theater
Business After Five
Crown Colony and Elected Officials Reception

Business After Five hosted by Buffalo Wild Wings

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BusinessLINK January|February 2016 Mesmerize Her.

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On the scene

Power Networking Breakfast October,
Sponsored by Downtown Café

Power Networking Breakfast
November, Sponsored by Heart to
Heart Hospice

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Tickets can be purchased at the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce

ADVANCE TICKETS $30 | $40 AT THE DOOR | TABLE $300
Seats 8
Ticket includes food trucks and live show | Cash bar available

GRAND SPONSORS BABY GRAND SPONSORS

Angelina Plastic Surgery Goff & Herrington, P.C.

Commercial Bank of Texas JM Outdoor Billboard Advertising

Community Title Ken Smith, Casper & Associates, CPAs

Consolidated Communications Brent & Tara Watkins

First Bank & Trust East Texas Whataburger

BusinessLINK January|February 2016 For more information contact Autumn Finchum at 936.556.2086

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On the scene

First Friday November

First Friday and State of the Schools Luncheon December

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On the scene Women’s Networking Luncheon

Business Hall of Fame

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Economic Development Update
Lufkin/Angelina County

Future looks bright as Lufkin EDC plans for 2016

The City of Lufkin Economic Development Corporation also improving an existing city street and Lufkin TFG, LP in renovating the
referred to as the Lufkin EDC, concentrates on maintaining the current Angelina Village Shopping Center. On December 15, 2015, City Council
job market, expanding local businesses, and bringing in new jobs to approved incentive packages for both Atkinson Candy Company and
sustain and improve the local economy. In 2004, The Lufkin EDC was Hyundai of Lufkin and had the first reading to classify the Angelina
created to operate with funds from locally collected sales tax. A total of Village Shopping Center as a reinvestment zone. If you would like more
one-eighth of one percent of Lufkin’s sales tax funds are diverted into information regarding tax abatements or incentive programs please
an economic development fund, which is used as a tool to make Lufkin contact the Economic Development office at 936-633-0221.
more competitive in attracting new businesses and creating jobs. The Lufkin, Texas has many reasons to be the Economic Heart of Deep
Lufkin EDC staff and board members are motivated to helping current East Texas. Lufkin has a daily population of 80,000 to 100,000 due in
and prospective business partners succeed in Lufkin. part to our regional retail and medical hub. The City offers rail service,
freight carriers, air service, higher education, and is located equally
Lufkin EDC offers local incentives to encourage growth, between Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Beaumont, and Shreveport.
sustainability and diversify our local community. To ensure these Along with available labor force and a strategic location, Lufkin has an
goals are met, the Lufkin EDC has implemented policies and incentive abundance of water. The City has both ground water as well as surface
programs such as: expansion and retention assistance, financing water. Lufkin has the ability to produce over 70 million gallons per day
assistance, local and state development programs, tax abatements for while using only 10 million gallons per day on average. These are just a
new and expanding industry, relocation services, 380 agreements, and few of the reasons that Lufkin is the place to develop and expand!
job training assistance. Lufkin Economic Development personnel are The City of Lufkin employs an Economic
also available to assist in site selection, trade area information and Development Director and an assistant.
demographics. Recently the Assistant City Manager, Steve
Floyd was named as interim Director of
The Lufkin EDC Economic Development. Steve has been with
is presently taking and the City of Lufkin for 10 years and has over 28
reviewing new applications years of experience in municipal government.
for incentives and tax Robin Alderman was recently hired as the
abatements. We are confident Economic Development assistant and is looking
that 2016 will bring more forward to serving the citizens of Lufkin. Robin
jobs to our community and Steve Floyd
financial assistance to local
and new businesses. On is a native Lufkinite with deep ties to Lufkin and Interim Director
December 2, 2015, the Lufkin
EDC took a unanimous a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University. The Lufkin Economic
affirmative vote to approve Development team stands ready to assist you as you expand your
incentive packages for three current business or look to start a new endeavor.
companies. The Lufkin EDC Lufkin has seen growth over the past year in the medical and retail
is looking forward to working sectors. That growth is expected to continue throughout 2016 and the
with Eric Atkinson and Economic Development board members and personnel are excited for
Atkinson Candy Company to Lufkin’s bright future.
aid in a local expansion, Rex Perry and Hyundai of Lufkin to aid in

Lufkin and Angelina County’s Economic Development Program is the story of cooperation and leadership from various stakeholder groups including the
City of Lufkin, Angelina County, Angelina College, area ISD’s, The Chamber of Commerce and various business and industry leaders from throughout
Angelina County. Via the dual economic development corporations; the Lufkin Angelina County Economic Development Partnership which is a largely
privately funded 501c3 covering all of Angelina County and the Lufkin Economic Development Corporation which is supported by a citizens elected 1/8
percent sales tax for economic development, the Lufkin and Angelina County economic development stakeholder groups pursue the same mission which is:
“To enhance and diversify the local economy by the creation of quality jobs (at or above the current prevailing wage), as well as attracting new investment
to our service area”. The program focuses primarily on industrial, corporate headquarters, back office and the healthcare sectors with two exceptions for
specified redevelopment zones located in the historic main street district and along Kurth drive as designated by the Lufkin City Council.

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Economic Development Indicators Lufkin/Angelina County

Labor Force Statistics for Lufkin/Angelina County

Last Year (November 2014) This Year (November 2015)

Area Labor Force Employment Unemployment Rate Area Labor Force Employment Unemployment Rate
U.S. 5.8 U.S. 5.0
Texas 156,402,000 147,331,000 9,071,000 4.5 Texas 157,301,000 149,364,000 7,937,000 4.5
Deep East Texas 5.5 Deep East Texas 6.2
Angelina 13,202,845 12,614,267 588,578 4.7 Angelina 13,100,281 12,506,599 593,682 6.0
Lufkin 4.2 Lufkin 5.9
156,187 147,588 8,599 153,503 143,988 9,515

37,995 36,217 1,778 37,799 35,539 2,260

15,910 15,234 676 15,879 14,949 930

According to a press release from the Texas Workforce Commission the September and October labor market data for Texas, including the total nonfarm jobs and the unemployment rate, were postponed due to the Federal
shutdown. According to ADP Regional Employment Report Texas added 22,330 Private Sector Jobs in September. For more information, please visit Texas Workforce Commission’s labor market database at www.tracer2.com.

City of Lufkin

Sales Tax History-Cash Basis 2010-2015

Month FY 2011-12 FY 2012-13 FY 2013-2014 FY 2014-2015 FY 2015-2016 Increase/Decrease
from Previous Year
October $987,222.68 $1,038,819.47 $1,028,742.67 $1,073,521.04 $1,076,600.49
November $1,139,305.20 $1,174,785.12 $1,072,565.72 $1,243,722.39 $1,295,623.56 0.29%
December $1,095,142.70 $1,084,141.10 4.17%
January $964,237.65 $986,749.77 $997,167.18 $1,108,342.98 -1.00%
February $1,009,051.23 $969,343.57 $777,486.15 $1,564,497.54
March $1,502,956.01 $1,567,624.14 $1,490,009.83 $1,067,202.55 $3,456,365.15 1.29%
April $1,011,733.01 $943,200.10 $1,067,603.69
May $874,217.29 $1,093,675.87 $1,021,055.22 $1,311,373.79
June $988,920.18 $1,326,336.42 $1,317,880.66 $1,048,003.29
July $1,254,399.52 $994,927.04 $1,055,012.06 $1,025,437.84
August $942,167.10 $1,001,108.76 $1,067,975.66 $1,333,216.74
September $999,856.61 $1,274,895.79 $1,257,510.87 $1,140,947.44
Totals $1,250,538.12 $972,280.47 $1,076,881.27 $14,079,011.99
$952,712.26 $13,412,279.43 $13,105,487.39
$12,865,583.85

City of Lufkin Cities Comparison

Sales Tax Historical Analysis for December 2015 receipts

Month % Change % Change % Change % Change % Change State Collections only
2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2014-15
October 6.14% 5.23% -0.97% 4.35% 0.29% City Net Payment Comparable % Change
November 2.28% 3.11% -8.70% 15.96% 4.17% This Period Payment
December 12.93% 2.33% 1.06% 9.83% -1.00% Lufkin Prior Year -0.39%
January 2.48% -3.94% -19.79% 42.55% Beaumont $1,084,141.10 -5.11%
February 4.55% 4.30% -4.95% 5.00% Diboll $2,914,375.28 $1,088,437.26 36.79%
March 5.71% 15.73% -6.77% 13.15% Henderson $3,071,361.38 0.79%
April 9.29% 10.59% -6.64% 4.56% Jasper $50,204.14 8.56%
May 3.20% 5.73% -0.64% -0.49% Nacogdoches $482,045.09 $36,701.60 -13.08%
June 5.34% 5.60% 6.04% -0.66% Tyler $350,351.92 $478,246.44 1.65%
July 8.16% .13% 6.68% -3.98% $382,194.03 $322,723.24
August 3.16% 1.95% -1.36% 6.02% $3,171,643.33 $439,756.01
September -7.08% 2.05% 10.76% 5.95% $3,120,018.11

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